Taiwan: Powerful 7.2 earthquake hits east coast


A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit southeastern Taiwan on Saturday (Sept. 17).

The earthquake struck about 30 miles north of the coastal city of Taitung.

Footage shared online shows a room shaking during the incident.

Vibrations were also felt in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.

Local media initially reported no injuries from the quake, the second in less than 24 hours after a 6.4 magnitude quake shook Taitung.

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Taiwanese broadcasters have since said that a low-rise two-storey residential building has collapsed and at least one train carriage has derailed at a station on the east coast.

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